Los Angeles Lakers resolution #2: Take care of the basketball
Despite their constant struggles this season, the talent that the Lakers possess has lent hope to fans and analysts alike that Los Angeles will eventually be able to turn it around or go on a run. Up until this point, that has not happened.
Arguably the biggest reason for this, is the consistent and careless turnovers that the Lakers seem to be unable to escape. At present, the Lakers sit at 28th in the league in turnovers per game, committing nearly 16 each contest.
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Los Angeles is turning the ball over on over 13 percent of their offensive possessions. For a team with average shooting, at best, not even getting a shot off 13+ percent of the time they have the ball is not going to result in many wins.
Furthermore, the Lakers’ two primary ball handlers are extremely turnover prone during the current campaign. Russell Westbrook has the most total turnovers in the league this season and averages the second most per game, while LeBron James is in the bottom eleven for turnovers per game, as well.
As the leaders and primary ball handlers of the team, correcting this issue starts at the top with James and Westbrook. Before Los Angeles can even think of going on a run of, like Anthony Davis has said, ten-plus games, the turnover issue has to be addressed.